My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This felt like I was re-reading a beloved favorite, rather than encountering this charmer for the first time. I'm pretty certain that this is the first Julie Ann Long that I have read, but it definitely won't be the last. Just like Julia Quinn, she has a remarkable gift for making inherently likable and approachable characters. Lily is a charming pickpocket, and I immediately was rooting for her to get away with her stealing. Of course, however, she is caught, and that is how she lands in debt to Gideon. I have a special place in my heart for lawyer heroes, particularly lawyer heroes who can't turn down good causes, and lawyer heroes who are trying very hard to overcome their riskier sides are simply irresistible. The secondary characters are all very well-fleshed out too which adds to the homey, light hearted feel of this book. A few warm and tingly love scenes keep this from being *too* sweet, making this a perfect don't-have-to-think-about-it-or-commit-extra-brainpower read.